Fastball was formed in 1994 by native Texans Joey Shuffield and Miles Zuniga along with So-Cal transplant Tony Scalzo. Originally called Magneto USA, they were signed in 1995 to Hollywood Records and soon changed their name to Fastball. They released their first full length album, "Make Your Mama Proud" in 1996 and toured extensively throughout the US. After a year and a half they recorded a second album entitled, "All The Pain Money Can Buy". Before its release in Spring 1998, US radio had latched on to a catchy little ditty called "The Way" and it was clear that Fastball had a hit on their hands. Songs like "Sooner or Later", "Fire Escape" and "Out Of My Head" followed and the band toured around the world. At home, copies of All The Pain Money Can Buy reached the platinum, 1 million sales mark by the end of the year. Another album, "The Harsh Light Of Day" was released in 2000 and the band continued to tour at home and abroad. Their fourth album, "Keep Your Wig On," was released on Rykodisc in 2004 to much acclaim. Since then, Fastball has continued to play live throughout the world. The guys have also done quite a bit of side work, writing and recording with other artists like Bruce Robinson, Al Anderson, the Dandy Warhols, and many more. The band spent much of 2007 and 2008 writing and recording material for their fifth full length album. "Little White Lies" will be released on April 14, 2009.
Fastball Bio from Discogs
Fastball is an American rock band that formed in Austin, Texas in the 1990s. The band originally called themselves "Magneto U.S.A" but changed their name after signing with Hollywood Records.
In 1998, their album All The Pain Money Can Buy reached platinum sales within six months of its release, and stayed on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart for a year. In addition, the group has been nominated for two Grammy Awards -- Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "The Way," and Best Long Form Music Video for "The Way." They also received an MTV Video Music Award nomination as Best New Artist.